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Castle Season 5 Report Card: A-

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With a long, hot summer looming ahead, TV Fanatic is going back and grading the best - and worst - of the 2012-2013 season. 

Having submitted our report cards for The Mentalist Season 5 and Once Upon a Time Season 2, we're taking out our proverbial red pen and moving on. It's time to grade this season of Castle.

Did Kate and Rick's romance work for you? Did the season finale leave you yelling at your TV? Check out our report and then tell us what you thought about Castle Season 5.

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Best Episode:  "Still"  Yes, it was a clip show but is was the best damn clip show ever! Watching all of the love, laughs, and drama from all five seasons was a treat. Having Castle stand by Kate even as a the bomb ticked down was a bonus. Finally hearing Beckett tell him she loved him and that they were just beginning…sigh. I'll be rewatching this episode all summer long.

Worst Episode:  "Swan Song" While there were some fans that enjoyed this episode's unique mockumentary style, I felt the entire concept fell flat. Watching Castle and Esposito mugging for the cameras while Beckett and Ryan shyly tried to avoid them worked…for about the first ten minutes. Then it quickly became an annoying gimmick and I found myself wishing it would all be over.

Biggest Improvement:  Caskett. After four long seasons of its audience wishing, hoping, and begging, the show finally made our dynamic duo an official couple.  Nothing was better than watching these two smile at one another over their coffees…while in bed. It's about damn time.

Most Frustrating Moment:  Plenty, I'm afraid. The most annoying thing about this show is that these two incredibly intelligent, likable characters rarely talk to one another.  At times it feels as though every important conversation gets interrupted never to be finished. Like in "After Hours" when Castle begins to address Kate's concerns about them being so different only to be cut off.  And did anyone else have their fingers crossed during "Significant Others" hoping that Kate would find out that Meredith cheated on Castle during their marriage?  It's the missed opportunities on Castle that make me crazy.

Character We Saw in a Whole New Light:  Detective Kevin Ryan. Yes, Ryan has always been adorable and good at his job. We love his bromance with Esposito and his relationship with Jenny, but "The Wild Rover" was a revelation.  Who knew Kevin Ryan could be such a bad ass? In one episode he went from sweet sidekick to an undercover cop with a dangerous streak. Seriously hot!

Character We Need to See More Of:  Dr. Lanie Parsh. It's been five seasons. Why don't we know more about this sassy, sexy lady besides she's Kate's best friend and Esposito's on again/off again booty call?  Lanie Parish is far too dynamic to be kept in the background.

Hopes for 2013:

  • Less Fear:  Or at least have them deal with their fears together. I have loved Kate Beckett since Castle's season one premiere but even I found her frustrating over the last few episodes. Deep down, Kate is afraid that the moment she's all in, Castle will get bored and leave. And Castle has kept things status quo all season because he's terrified that if he pushes for more he'll scare her off. I get it…but that doesn't make it fun to watch.  No matter what the answer is to the proposal at the end of "Watershed" I'm hoping it pushes these two to open up and face their fears…together.
  • More Down Time:  Yes, I know Castle is a crime procedural but to be honest, I don't tune in for the murder of the week. It's the characters that keep me coming back for more and the scenes I love the most are the casual scenes outside of the precinct. Let's see the gang hanging out at the Olde Haunt or another poker game at the loft where Martha can flirt with Esposito.  Those type of scenes from season 1 were huge fun and I miss them.
  • More Romance:  There were some episodes where we didn't even see our favorite couple holding hands and more kisses were cut short than completed.  Thankfully things picked up over the last few episodes and I hope that's a trend going forward. I'm not asking for sex scenes (although I honestly wouldn't complain) but it's the small, intimate moments that make this show and this couple such a joy to watch.

Castle Season 5 Report Card:  A-

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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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I am in total agreement with TSAQ haters. The worst episode of Castle ever followed closely by Fast and Furriest, Human Factor and Watershed. They stunk as bad as Big Foot's breath! I am just going to pretend that Still was the finale and live in denial. Please, writers, get back on track.

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A+ favorite episodes : still, the final frontier
best episodes : recoil, probable cause
character we need to see more : jackson hunt !

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add me as #8. hated last 3 and most of season 5. liked the xmas episode which got worst reviews of year. only the end where both are changing there lives to be together-think we need more of that compassion for their relationship. growing tired of the lying (what happened to truth will never hurt you), not praising castle for good work (how many times in 5 years has she complimented him for anything or ryan or espo), and the perfunctory hugs/kisses. thought knockdown was best - serious faces for serious business. Advice to writers: "some people get it and some people don't, be one who gets it." relationship so far is just a one night stand - for 5 years!

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The person beckett was being tempted by. Was a billionare womanizer that knew nothing of beckett aside from that she's pretty and reasonably intelligent. The very guy she resisted (Castle before he changed). That was not a good device, and was lazy. And made beckett look bad two episodes in a row, which I don't think was the intent. I still loved season 5 though and was tied with my second favorite with season 2. It's just disappointing, because if how they meant it is how I interpreted it, it would have ended on a much higher note.

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Yeah I hated The Squab and the Quail you can include me. It's by far my least favorite episode of castle. But, I think the intent of the episode was sort of the ending, where kate asks "So where are we going" and castle replies "to the bedroom." I think the episodes intent was to show castle avoiding talking about going to the next level, and castle avoiding it also enhanced by kate's extreme amount of insecurity. However, the episode came off as kate being an idiot and castle being a buffoon. I think the arc of the last 3 episodes was intended, to be an episode of castle being silly and not moving the relationship forward and avoiding the topic with beckett wanting more, then an episode of beckett afraid so runs she runs away in her work. Meaning, both people would have shown their issues. Then the finale left ambiguous because that's what they like to do. But, to a lot of people beckett wasn't sympathetic in the Squab and the Quail. Because the person telling beckett was special was a billionare womanizer who acted like castle when he first met beckett. The very guy beckett found annoying. I think the intent was to show beckett pushing an irresistible guy away. But, that was also a misstep because of how close she got. They needed to use a better device, and they ended up with a terrible episode imo. But, I still loved Season 5, I just won't watch that episode ever again.